Scenes From the ASPE Convention
All sectors of the plumbing engineering community were in attendance at the 20th American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) Convention and Engineered Plumbing Exposition (EPE), held Oct. 21-25 in Tampa, FL.
“The ASPE EPE is the premier show in North America for plumbing engineers,” says new ASPE President Julius Ballanco. “The manufacturers look forward to meeting with the engineering specifying community, and the engineers love speaking with the manufacturer’s engineering types. This mutual respect draws a large crowd.”
Manufacturer AwardsHeld every two years, the ASPE event includes the election of a new board, numerous educational sessions, an exhibit floor and an extensive presentation of awards. Manufacturers receiving awards this year included:
- Charlotte Pipe and TOTO USA, which were each given an Industry Award. This award goes to a plumbing industry-related company for outstanding service to the advancement of plumbing engineering technology.
- Viega NA, which the EPE Award Committee recognized with the H. Harry Kerman Award as the company whose display in the EPE best exemplified the theme of the Convention and EPE.
- Moen, Just Mfg. and Heat Transfer Products, all of which were judged best overall exhibitor in appearance, craftsmanship and other evaluation requirements.
- Watts Water Technologies, which won the 2006 ASPE Research Foundation Scientific Achievement Award for its dedication to promoting research on behalf of plumbing engineering.
Other WinnersMichael Olson was given the Distinguished Service Award for his commitment, service and stewardship of the ASPE Long-range Planning Committee. Peter Warshaw was presented with a Life Membership Certificate at the 2006 Biennial Banquet.
Edward Zastudil received the 2006 George W. Runkle Award, which is the highest award that ASPE bestows on any individual and named after the fourth president of ASPE. Also presented was the ASPE Humanitarian Award, which recognizes an ASPE chapter that has unselfishly given back to the local community. This year’s winner was the Chicago Chapter.